Empties March 2020

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Today I have my monthly empties post for you. I didn’t finish up as much as I had hoped, but progress is progress when it comes to using up the things in my stash and not wasting them! I’ll include links to my original reviews and let you know if I would want to re-purchase either right away or eventually.

Haircare:

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EVOLVh UltraRepair Reconstructing Masque – This was a PR sample. I loved this hair mask so much, and it is on my wishlist to buy the full size as soon as I use up another mask in my stash. Review is here.

Rahua Classic Shampoo & Conditioner – These were from my Petit Vour subscription. I liked them a lot. I’d like to try more from this brand – maybe for wavy/curly or dry hair. Review is here.

Cake Beauty The Posh Wash and The Soft Serve – These smell so good, and work well with my hair, so I’m sure I’ll eventually buy them again. Review is here.

Skincare and Makeup:

Empties March 2020 - Skincare and Makeup with Moor Spa, Sothys, Essence, Eyes of Horus

Moor Spa Supreme Cream – This was a PR sample. I mainly uses this cream at night, as I prefer something a little lighter in the day time if I’m wearing makeup. I have a few moisturizers in my stash to use up, so no need to even think about purchasing a full size. Review is here.

Sothys Hydra3Ha Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Youth Cream – Another PR sample. This one was great for day or night use. I always need a little hydration boost in the fall and winter months so this worked well for me. I have a few moisturizers in my stash to use up, so no need to even think about purchasing a replacement. Review is here.

Essence Lash Princess Waterproof Mascara – I really liked this mascara, and gave it a score of 6.75 out of 7. I  would definitely re-purchase this one. Review is here.

Eye Of Horus Brow Define – Another Petit Vour box product. This was my very first micro brow pencil. I’ve since purchased one from Essence to try out, but would love to get this one eventually. Review is here.

Essence Make Me Brow Tinted Brow Mascara – I’ve already purchased a new one, it is that good! Reviews are here and here.

So there you have it! Were you able to finish up much this month?

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Disclosure: Post contains a mix of products – all PR samples identified, the rest have been paid for by me.

Essence All Eyes On Me Waterproof Mascara Review

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Today I have a review of the All Eyes On Me Waterproof Mascara from Essence Cosmetics. [info in italics taken from the Essence website]

All eyes on you! The essence all eyes on me waterproof mascara provides your lashes with extra volume,  length and a breathtaking curve. The volumizing wand covers each individual lash and offers ideal separation.  Paraben Free. No Animal Testing

Essence All Eyes on Me Waterproof Mascara

You all know that I am mega picky about mascara. I have long, super stick-straight lashes that are quite light in colour considering my natural hair colour is dark brown. I always use a lash curler before applying mascara. My eyes are sensitive, and water easily so any mascara that I use must be smudge proof, and water-resistant (ideally waterproof).

I have seven requirements for a mascara, and I’ll comment on each requirement and score each point. So how did the All Eyes on Me Waterproof Mascara measure up?

Essence All Eyes on Me Waterproof Mascara

1. waterproof / water resistant +1

2. smudge-proof +1

3. non-flaking / non-clumping +1

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black) +1

5. volumizing +1/2

6. must hold a curl +1/4

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes +1

Essence All Eyes on Me Waterproof Mascara

The brush shape is really great for getting the lashes at the inner and outer eye corners.

Overall I would give this mascara a 5.75 out of 7. I wish that it had better volume and held a curl better. The lengthening is really nice, but my lashes are quite long naturally so it isn’t a must have for me. I like it, but it isn’t a holy grail for me.

Have you tried this mascara, did you like it?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

Essence Micro Precise Eyebrow Pencil & Make Me Brow Reviews

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Today I have a review of the Micro Precise Eyebrow Pencil & Make Me Brow Gel Mascara. I’ve reviewed the Make Me Brow Gel Mascara previously here, so the review will be more focussed on the micro brow pencil, but I also want to talk about how the brow gel works with it. [info in italics taken from the Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix website]

Essence Micro Precise Brow Pencil and Make Me Brow Tinted Brow Mascara

Brow Precision! essence Micro Precise Eyebrow Pencil super long-lasting formula gives you controlled application for perfectly defined, natural eyebrows. The creamy matte texture lets you draw fine hair-like lines and fill in small gaps with ease. •Super long-lasting •Paraben Free •No Animal Testing

The Micro Precise Eyebrow Pencil is available in three shades: blonde, brown and dark brown. I bought dark brown. I didn’t know that I needed a micro brow pencil until I tried one earlier this year. If you have thin brows, a micro brow pencil allows you to more precisely fill in any sparse areas in your brows. The shade is perfect for me, and it is long wearing and fairly smudge resistant.

Essence Micro Precise Brow Pencil and Make Me Brow Tinted Brow Mascara

Proud Brows! This NEW tinted gel formula contains tiny fibers that fills in gaps to create fuller, more defined eyebrows. The perfectly sized fiber brush shapes and tames to brow perfection.

Make Me Brow is available in three shades as well: blondy brows, soft browny brows and browny brows. I chose browny brows, the same shade that I had before. I’ve really been loving how much fuller my brows look when I combine a brow pencil with a tined brow gel. It just helps fatten them up, but makes them look natural.

Essence Micro Precise Brow Pencil and Make Me Brow Tinted Brow Mascara

Both the Micro Precise Eyebrow Pencil and the Make Me Brow Tinted Brow Gel compliment each other perfectly in my opinion. And both are super budget friendly, coming in at less that $5 CAD each!

Have you tried either of these brow products?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I purchased these things!

Essence Lips Go Wow! Plumping Lipgloss Review

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Today I have a short little review of the Lips Go Wow! Plumping Lipgloss from Essence Cosmetics that I purchased recently. [info in italics taken from the Shoppers / Pharmaprix website]

Essence Lips Go Wow Plumping Lipgloss

The lipglosses with a high-shine finish provide the lips with a visible plumping effect. The transparent gloss contains menthol for a cooling sensation, while the red gloss heats up the lips with a prickling warming effect.

Essence Lips Go Wow Plumping Lipgloss

I got the clear gloss. It isn’t a sticky feeling gloss, thankfully. It feels cooling and mildly tingly on my lips. The plumping is not mega pronounced, but I can see a difference when I apply it.

Essence Lips Go Wow Plumping Lipgloss

All in all I think it is an ok lip plumper, but an excellent lip gloss – and I’m not a big fan of lip glosses generally.

Have you tried this one?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I purchased this!

 

 

 

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara Waterproof Review

Essence Lash Princess Waterproof Mascara

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Today I’m reviewing the Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara Waterproof. [info in italics taken from the Essence Cosmetics website]

Essence Lash Princess Waterproof Mascara

your favorite royal sister is NOW IN WATERPROOF! lash princess false lash waterproof gives you voluminous false lash effects of the original in a new waterproof formula! the conic shape fiber brush provides lashes with dramatic volume and sculpted length. opthalmologically tested.
Essence Lash Princess Waterproof Mascara
I admit to being extremely picky when it comes to mascara – my lashes are long, stick straight and surprisingly light in colour for a natural dark brunette. I always curl my
lashes before applying mascara. My eyes are sensitive, and water easily so any mascara that I use must be smudge proof, and water-resistant or ideally waterproof.
Essence Lash Princess Waterproof Mascara

 

I have seven requirements for a mascara, and I’ll comment on each requirement and score each point. So how did the Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara Waterproof measure up?

1. waterproof +1 point

2. smudge-proof +1 point

3. non-flaking / non-clumping +1 point

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black) +1 point, this mascara is super mega black (yay!)

5. volumizing +3/4 point (Fairly volumizing, but not Awesomesauce level of volume – I’m being uber picky on this point, I know!)

6. must hold a curl +1 point

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes +1 point

Essence Lash Princess Waterproof Mascara

I really like the tapered shape of the bristle wand, it is great for reaching the inner and outer corners. Overall, this one was really, really good,  with a score of 6.75 out of 7 (based on my rating scale) – the more I use it, the more I’m loving it.

Have you tried this mascara, did you like it?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Empties November 2019

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Another month’s worth of empties – I think that I’ve made really great progress on my stash this month! Because I’m on a low-buy (only buying things when necessary, if I say that I would re-purchase it means eventually, not right away).

Let’s take a look:

Skincare

Empties November 2019 - Skincare

Akar Skin Balance Toning Mist – This was from my Petit Vour subscription. I loved it a lot and would love to buy a full size eventually. Review is here.

Osea Atmosphere Protection Cream – Another Petit Vour gem that I loved. Lightweight hydration. Would purchase this one. Review is here.

By Anhesa Cedar Face Cream – I won this in a giveaway. This one is great for when my skin is dry and I need a moisture boost. And it smells wonderful. Would buy. Review is here.

Honua Skincare Pa’akai Cleansing Cream – This was such a dreamy cleansing cream from my Petit Vour subscription. Would LOVE to buy a full size of this but have so many cleansers to use up. Review is here.

Cosmessential Premium Facial Serum The Grande – This was a PR sample. It worked really well for me. It was lightweight, super-hydrating and filled with loads of anti-aging ingredients. Would buy if I didn’t have several more serums to use up. Review is here.

Haircare:

Empties November 2019 - Haircare

Maui Moisture Color Protection + Sea Minerals Shampoo & Conditioner – I’ve purchased several of the Maui Moisture formulations over the past year (or two). This one might be my favourite! It helped keep my colour from fading fast and made my hair feel soft and clean. I’ll probably buy this again (eventually). Review is here.

Makeup:

Empties November 2019 - Makeup

Harvest Natural Beauty Lengthening Organic Mascara – Another Petit Vour box item. This wasn’t the mascara for me as it isn’t waterproof and my eyes water easily. If you don’t have watery eyes, you might like it a lot. Review is here.

Essence I ❤ Extreme Volume Mascara (Waterproof) – This is one of my go-to mascaras. It adds volume, holds a curl and its waterproof. Been buying this mascara since 2016! Review is here.

Joik Gloss & Care Lip Oil – My friend brought this back from Estonia a few months ago. I’m sad that it is empty because I love it so much! I bought my first one back in 2017 when I travelled to Estonia. International shipping is quite expensive, so this is going on the wishlist. Review is here.

There were a few more products that I’m so close to finishing up, hopefully they’ll be in next month’s empties. Do you finish up much this month?

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Disclosure: This post contains mostly products paid for by me, except for one PR sample, and one personal gift – all are identified above.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter Review

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Giveaway Package that I won.

I recently won a giveaway prize from Rossy at Ayr Galaxy, and this was one of the many products shown above – the Essence Cosmetics Pure Nude Highlighter. You should give her a follow if you don’t already! [info in italics taken from the Essence website]

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

it’s like being lit from within! bring out your natural glow with this baked powder that has a slightly marbled effect. works on any skin tone and is perfect for adding a subtle shimmer to your face.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

This is a really great, budget-friendly, cruelty-free highlighter. I can see this working for a wide range of skintones.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

It has a pretty shimmer without being glittery. The above photo shows the highlighter heavily swatched, but it can be blended out for a beautiful, subtle glow!

Have you tried this highlighter?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I won this in a giveaway. Thanks Rossy!

Empties August 2019

August 2019 Empties - Bath & Body - Lavido, Alba Botanica, Andalou Naturals

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Can you believe that August is already finished? It feels like the summer has gone by so quickly! I’ve managed to finish up a few more products from my stash this month – not as many as I had hoped to finish, but progress is progress.

I’ll include links to my original reviews as well as a comment on whether or not I will eventually purchase a replacement.

Let’s take a look – Bath and Body:

August 2019 Empties - Bath & Body - Lavido, Alba Botanica, Andalou Naturals

Lavido Thera Intensive Foot Cream – this was a Petit Vour subscription sample. I liked it a lot, but the scent made the Mister sneeze every time I used it, so I probably won’t purchase a full size. Review is here.

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Oil – This might be my second bottle of this body oil. I love it, and will buy it again eventually once I finish up a few other body products. Review is here.

Andalou Naturals Kukui Cocoa Nourishing Body Butter – Another Petit Vour sample. I liked this one a lot, but I think I prefer the rose scented one more. Review is here.

Haircare:

Empties August 2019 - Hair Care - Kristin Ess, Wise Men's Care

Kristin Ess Sea Salt Air Dry Spray – I used this wave spray a lot since I purchased it last summer, it worked amazingly well for my wavy hair. I’m currently testing out another wave spray, so I don’t need to repurchase this one right now, but I probably would get this again eventually. Review is here.

Wise Men’s Care Simple & Natural Men’s Shampoo / Birch Bark Daily Shampoo – This was part of a PR package. I loved the scent of this shampoo, it is very woodsy, and gentle on the scalp. I still have the travel size of this shampoo to finish up, and a few other shampoos in my stash to use up, so no need to purchase a replacement at this time. Review is here.

Skincare:

Empties August 2019 - Skincare - Lowen's, Goldfaden MD

Lowen’s Get Toned! Vegan Facial Toner – This was from a PR package. I kept this spray toner in my fridge, and used it whenever I needed a spritz of refreshing hydration. I have at least one or two toners in my stash to finish, so I don’t need to purchase a replacement (but I would like to eventually). Review is here.

Goldfaden MD Detox Hydrating Gel – Another Petit Vour subscription sample. I liked to wear this light gel moisturizer under sunscreen. I have so many moisturizers / creams in my stash to use up, that I really cannot purchase a replacement. Review is here.

Lowen’s Bee Local Lip Balm – This is from the same PR package as the toner. I’m a lip balm addict, so you know that I loved this! I still have two more lip balms to finish (and the Mister claimed the third one), so I don’t need to replace just yet, but I would like to before winter. Review of some of the Lowen’s lip balms is here.

Makeup:

Empties August 2019 - Makeup - Essence, Nyx

Essence I ❤ Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base – I had this for way too long (shamefully – since 2016), so I am decluttering it. I’ve recently gotten another shadow base / primer in a recent Petit Vour box. I’d buy this again, it works great and is super affordable. Review is here.

Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara – Another one that I had for way to long! i really liked this brow mascara and will probably buy it again eventually. I’m currently using and loving the Essence Make Me Brow, so no need to replace right now. Review is here.

Did you finish up very much this month?

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Disclosure: Post contains products that I purchased myself and PR samples (all PR samples are identified).

Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Review

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Today I have a review of the Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel from Essence Cosmetics – I purchased it to replace the Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara that I was using previously. [info in italics taken from the Essence website].

Essence Make Me Brow1

raise your brows! this tinted gel formula contains tiny fibers that fills in gaps to create fuller, more defined eyebrows. the perfectly sized fiber brush shapes and tames to brow perfection

Essence Make Me Brow - Browny Brows

This tinted brow gel is available in three shades (blondy brows, browny brows and soft browny brows) – I purchased the shade browny brows.

Essence Make Me Brow - Browny Brows

Make Me Brow has a small spoolie for quick and easy application. The brow gel is long wearing and doesn’t make my brows feel hard or crunchy. It also works well when combined with a brow pencil.

Do you use a brow gel / brow mascara?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!